Here we are on the last Friday of June. We've had a pretty much a good solid week of wet here, but one of my peonies has started to bloom and the other ones are close! I think I look forward to the peonies opening more than anything else.
I love to cut them, soak them in soapy water to get rid of the ants and put them in my best crystal vase!
Here is a little mosaic of the one that's blooming now. It's the only one I don't know the name of. It was mislabelled as a 'Bowl of Beauty' when I purchased it at a garden centre a few years ago. There are two tones of pink, and the difference in the two shades is ever-so-subtle.
Another of my favourites, that is in full bloom right now, is Salvia nemorosa Sage 'Caradonna'. It's dark purple flower stalks fade to an almost black seed head, which I leave on right until frost. The seed head looks almost as lovely as the flowers.
The hostas and ferns are really starting to fill in, beside the limestone walkway.
Ditto for my little hosta shade bed in the backyard. (I think I will ask my long-suffereing husband to trim some of the lower branches of the pine tree behind it. That way when the tree is bigger, the hostas will look wonderful under it.)
Happy Weekend and Happy Gardening to everyone! And please check out all the Fertilizer Friday happenings at Tootsie's Blog